I’m using it for my WordPress blog because frankly, the WordPress app bites. I’ve had all sorts of problems from it freezing and losing my entire post to accidentally publishing a draft. I’m always nervous using it. So nervous in fact that I now draft all my blogs in Evernote, even when I’m using my desktop. More on this later.
With my trip to BlogHer in New York looming (I leave in just over a week), I thought I’d better get some practice in with blogging on the go. It’s not something I’ve done much before.
My main concerns are:
I haven’t really used the key pad on the iPad much. Actually I spend more time on my iPhone, and I’m not on the best of terms with its tiny keypad. However as I’m typing this I’m surprised at how natural the iPad keypad is. I was thinking I would need to take the wireless keyboard with me, or buy a keyboard case. The jury is still out on this one.
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It works, sure. But with Blogsy you can drag and drop images or videos from your library, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube or even straight from any website (although beware that site will be hosting the image, not you). You can even access your WordPress media library via Blogsy’s built-in browser and then just drag and drop them into your post. Your options look like this:
There is more control over image size (cool size slider), alignment, and even alt tags and captions. I’m having a bit of a geek crush right now! Did I mention I’m on my iPad?
Another cool thing I did was take a screenshot of the Blogsy site, opened it in Skitch (an Evernote app), cropped it and then saved it to my photo library. Then it was easily dragged into my post. Very cool!
I don’t know what Blogsy’s track record is with freezing/crashing, but it does autosave and is apparently quite stable. Just to be sure I draft my lists in Evernote. Not only do I know they’re safe, but I can access my posts from anywhere: desktop, iPhone or iPad. This has been great when I might start writing the outline of my post on my phone while waiting for an appointment and finish it off at home on the Mac.
I also use Evernote to save photos. I can take a photo on my iPhone, email it my Evernote account and then save it to my iPad photo library to use in Blogsy. I’m sure if I could work out how to synch all my devices sing iCloud I’d get the same result without the extra steps. If anyone would like to enlighten me, please do so in the comments below!
Blogsy is even cooler than WordPress on desktop when it comes to making your post look pretty. It downloads all your heading styles to select from and even let’s you change the font size, something I can’t do when I’m in WordPress.
When it comes to adding links using Blogsy, I’m in love. Click the link to find out how easy it is. Insanely easy. No copying and pasting, scroll,select, click,click,click. Oh no, all you need to do is select your text for the link, open the built in browser and drag the link icon next to the URL into your post. Too easy!
I could go on, and this is probably reading like a sponsored post, but it’s not. I’m just totally in love with how clever this app is. I will be completely sold if this post publishes when I schedule it to – from my iPad!
For more tips and advice about blogging on the go, check out Nikki Parkinson’s post about how to blog while travelling on her blog Styling You. Her advice is great and when she suggested a Migear phone charger I went out and got one. They are brilliant at conferences when you run low and can’t find a power point to charge up.
Ok, moment of truth, will this post publish?
I’m off to the garage to find our bag of travel stuff, I’m sure I’ve got a couple of US adapters in there!
What do you think of Blogsy? I paid $5.49 for it, and if that helps me write even one post in New York, I’ll be happy!